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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 08/11/2009

Mission to North Korea: Who Draws 'Lil Kim Best?

By Michael Cavna

KIM JONG-IL just might be a Nukes-Toting Murderous Sick-and-Sickly Napoleon-Complexing Megalomaniacal Demi-Dr.-Evil Dictator With a Don King 'Do, but we've got to give him this: He's an utter joy for many political cartoonists to draw.

On the (lifted) heels of former president Clinton's mission to 'Lil Kim's North Korea to win release of two jailed Al Gore employees, cartoon readers have been treated to a new wave of caricatures. Oh so many ways to render that olive-green uniform and those Bono-esque specs and the reach-for-the-sky haircut. Here are a trio of This Riffster's fave caricatures in recent days. You're invited to vote for your favorite. And if you've got others you like, feel free to share them links.

STEVE BREEN (courtesy of

CAM CARDOW (courtesy of

TAYLOR JONES (courtesy of

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By Michael Cavna  | August 11, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
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Kim Jong Il as a Vulcan? I don't get it.

Posted by: seismic-2 | August 11, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

OK, I've read Tank Day 2. I'm presuming that Goodell's face is still talking to Cheney's voice on the phone. It seem's "kill him" was just for shock value. Now we're listening to Goodell whine about being emasculated cause the Feds got to punish Vick before he could, while Cheney is the voice of reason.

Funny how when you censor something the effect is that everyone immediately thinks of the worst possible scenario. Fortunately WaPo is not the sole distributor of this information and as a result it's exercise in censorship is meaningless.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | August 11, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Wednesday's "Tank" is the first strip in the series that has a valid editorial point. Even if Monday's "kill him" was just to shock, it still remains gratuitous. Perhaps a more even-handed solution would have been to kill Monday's (and maybe Tuesday's) strip(s), and run the rest of the sequence.

Speaking of offensiveness, I don't understand why the Taylor Jones comic even made it to the podium for selection. It reminds me of the ugliest Hirohito images used in WWII propaganda.

There were plenty of better options to choose, see

for a representative selection (two of the best are Cardow on page 1, and Glez on page 4).

Posted by: kilby | August 12, 2009 6:44 AM | Report abuse

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